Map of Europe as queen

Read the Transcript
This map is a creative rendering of the continent of Europe. As you’ll see, it’s been made to look like or conform to the figure of a queen. It took some work to make all that work out. The Queen’s head is more or less where Spain is, her left shoulder is more or less where France is, her right arm extends down into the water, representing the Italian peninsula. So, Sebastian Munster, the mapmaker, had some fun with this, and as was the case with some other mapmakers engaged in a little bit of fantasy cartography. This is a good example; she’s fun to look at.



For more details, view the catalog record: